Diva Tasting: Baked Falafel…

Baked Falafel



Cooking Spray

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided

1 (15 Ounce) Can Chickpeas, Drained And Rinsed

¾ Onion, Diced

¼ Cup Packed Chopped Fresh Cilantro

¼ Cup Packed Chopped Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley

3 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Small Lemon, Zested

½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

Cup All-Purpose Flour

1 Egg, Beaten

Yogurt Sauce:

½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

¼ Cup Seeded And Minced Cucumber, Squeezed Dry

3 Teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

Kosher Salt To Taste

1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste


Step 1 Coat a 9×13-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray and 1 tablespoon olive oil and place inside the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). C

Step 2 Combine chickpeas, onion, cilantro, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, cumin, salt, red pepper flakes, and baking powder in a food processor. Pulse until minced but not yet pasty. Transfer to a bowl and stir in flour and egg until fully incorporated.

Step 3 Remove baking pan from the oven. Drop golfball-sized portions of chickpea mixture onto the hot pan. Press with back of spoon to flatten into patties.

Step 4 Bake in the preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes. Brush falafel with remaining olive oil and flip over. Continue baking until golden on both sides, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Step 5 Meanwhile, combine yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, and garlic in a bowl. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Step 6 Serve falafel with yogurt sauce, diced tomatoes in pita pockets.


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